20 Awesome Summer Festivals and Events in the Black Hills 2019 | Black Hills Travel Blog

20 Awesome Summer Festivals and Events in the Black Hills 2019

  • 20 Awesome Summer Festivals and Events in the Black Hills 2019
Wednesday, July 31, 2019
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The Black Hills and Badlands come to life in the summer season. With wildflowers in bloom and our favorite trails open for hiking and biking, those seeking adventures will find endless opportunities in our neck of the woods.

The longer days and warmer weather welcome outdoor concerts, lively street festivals and Wild West rodeo action throughout the region. Read on for a taste of the many events that make the Black Hills and Badlands a go-to destination all summer long.

June Events

34th Annual Spring Volksmarch
Saturday, June 1, 2019 to Sunday, June 2, 2019

The bi-annual Crazy Horse Volksmarch (an organized hike) is a 10K or 6.2-mile woodlands ramble to the world’s largest mountain carving in progress in the southern Black Hills of South Dakota.

Wild Bill Days | CANCELLED
Friday, June 19, 2020 to Saturday, June 20, 2020

This event has been cancelled for 2020. For more information, please see the event website. 

Black Hills Bluegrass Festival — CANCELLED
Friday, June 26, 2020 to Sunday, June 28, 2020

Come help us celebrate our 40th Anniversary at the RUSH NO MORE RV RESORT & CAMPGROUND (www.rushnomore.com),  located 5 minutes from Sturgis at Pleasant Valley exit 37 off of Interstate 90.

Black Hills Mountain Fest
Friday, June 26, 2020 to Saturday, June 27, 2020

The Black Hills of South Dakota is home to world-class trail running, mountain biking, rock climbing, fly fishing and outdoor sports of all kinds.

Sculpture in the Hills
Saturday, June 20, 2020 to Sunday, June 21, 2020

Located between two of the world’s largest and most famous sculptures, Mt. Rushmore and Crazy Horse, Hill City is the logical spot for the Sculpture in the Hills Art Show & Sale. The show is juried, which means that quality for buyers is guaranteed.

Main Street Arts & Crafts Festival
Friday, June 28, 2019 to Sunday, June 30, 2019

Every year during the last weekend in June, artisans and vendors fill Centennial Park in downtown Hot Springs to sell their handcrafted arts and crafts at one of the best arts & crafts festival in the Southern Black Hills.

Jewel Cave 200 Mile Celebration & Reunion
Friday, June 28, 2019 to Sunday, June 30, 2019

Join Jewel Cave National Monument, their non-profit partner Black Hills Parks & Forests Association and the members of Paha Sapa Grotto in celebrating all of the discoveries at Jewel Cave National Monument!

Annual Black Hills Roundup
Tuesday, June 30, 2020 to Saturday, July 4, 2020

The Roundup is one of the oldest continuously held outdoor rodeos in America. For five exciting days surrounding the July 4th holiday weekend, thousands of regional residents, and people from across the country and abroad, come to Belle Fourche to celebrate.

July Events

Chapel in the Hills 50th Anniversary Celebration
Friday, July 5, 2019 to Sunday, July 7, 2019

July 5 - 6:30 p.m. - An Evening of Music and Worship
    Hardanger Fiddle Artist, Sons of Norway Folk Dancers, Evening Worship

Badlands Astronomy Festival, Badlands National Park
Friday, July 10, 2020 to Sunday, July 12, 2020

The Annual Badlands Astronomy Festival brings together space science professionals, amateur astronomers, educators, youth groups, South Dakota residents and visitors for a "stellar experience". Celebrate the beauty of a dark night sky and the wonder of space exploration.

113th Annual Wall Celebration
Friday, July 10, 2020 to Saturday, July 11, 2020

Welcome to Fabulous Wall, Baby! It's time for the 113th Annual Wall Celebration!

Schedule coming soon!

Boss Cowman Days
Thursday, July 11, 2019 to Sunday, July 14, 2019

Lemmon South Dakota hosts concerts, parades, a rodeo, and a fun weekend for the family.

43rd Annual Festival In the Park
Friday, July 17, 2020 to Sunday, July 19, 2020

Join thousands of locals and visitors for a festive stroll through Spearfish City Park, enjoying the sights and sounds of one of the largest and most popular artist events in the Black Hills.

Gold Discovery Days
Friday, July 17, 2020 to Sunday, July 19, 2020

1874, Lieutenant Colonel George Custer led the troops of the 7th Cavalry into the Black Hills and discovered gold near present day Custer. Colonel Custer and his men found wealth beyond gold in the beauty of the Black Hills.

Deadwood's 98th Annual Days of '76
Tuesday, July 21, 2020 to Saturday, July 25, 2020

Truly the “Best Rodeo. No Bull”.  The Days of ’76 Rodeo was the PRCA Rodeo of the Year 18 times! The 2019 Days of ’76 is Tuesday, July 21st thru Saturday the 25th, 2020. PRCA Rodeo Performances are Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m.

August Events

80th Annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Friday, August 7, 2020 (All day) to Sunday, August 16, 2020 (All day)

The Sturgis Motorcycle Rally is an American motorcycle rally held annually in Sturgis, South Dakota usually during the first full week of August.

Central State's Fair & Rodeo
Friday, August 21, 2020 (All day) to Sunday, August 30, 2020 (All day)

The Central States Fair held annually mid-August allows Rapid City residents and surrounding communities to partake in fair activities including; the carnival, free stage entrainment, along with exhibiting crafts and culinary in the open class competitions, cattle shows, and multiple horse events

Hugh Glass Rendezvous Lemmon, SD
Thursday, August 22, 2019 to Sunday, August 25, 2019

Join us for the 5th Annual Hugh Glass Rendezvous on August 22-25, 2019 in Lemmon, SD as we remember the amazing story of Hugh Glass and his trek back to civilization.

Fall River Hot Air Balloon Festival
Saturday, August 29, 2020 to Sunday, August 30, 2020

2020 schedule is subject to change at any time and without notice. Additional events to be added & updated as they are scheduled. Please make sure to follow Fall River Hot Air Balloon Festival on Facebook for the latest updates on the weekend of the event.


For a full line up of festival and events in the Black Hills and Badlands, visit our Events Calendar.

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